James Wood

Cayman Islands, France, Netherlands, Russia, United Kingdom (residence), United Kingdom (citizenship)
research interests: Literature, music, aesthetics, postcolonialism, Decolonizing methodologies, phenomenlogy
affiliation: Leiden University, University of York, University of Huddersfield, University of Surrey, Leeds College of Music
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A researcher and teacher with passions for literature, music and teaching. Working alongside numerous institutions on small and large scale educational platforms and projects. Currently affiliated and teaching with the ACPA, Leiden University, University of York and Orpheus Instituut. 

 

Performer across Europe with student ensembles and creative outputs DVA and JaW. 

Winner: Vinson Award for Academic Excellence (University of York, 2015)

Winner: Best New Band (Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 2014)

Winner: Best Opera for Young People (Young Audiences Music Awards, 2018 - with Opera Schmopera)

Winner: Make it York Cultural Champion Award (2018)

Winner, with English department: Teach Impact Award for Wider Student Influence (2017)


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works

  • Marion Brown(s): Re: Views and Reviews: Towards a Critical Appreciation of Marion Brown; Or, a Syncopated Treatise (01/04/2016)
    Publication: Paper, York, artist(s)/author(s): James Wood, James Wood
  • “Will Eh hae tae explain it tae ya?”: Don Paterson and the Contemporary Reader (01/05/2015)
    Publication: Paper, artist(s)/author(s): James Wood, James Wood
    A bit of juvenalia: a copy of my undergraduate thesis, focusing on the poetic work of Don Paterson and his relationship(s) to his readers. Reading it back now makes it seem childlike in execution, but bold enough in its ambition. I remember feeling extremely constricted by the limited word count allowed by the awarding institution, so topics arrive and disappear with alarming irregularity. Bar some minor formatting, I have left it unwashed and unedited, so forgive any glaring errors. Nonetheless, I loved writing it and getting my first taste of independent research!
  • What is a Beat? A Poetic-Musico Rotary Exploration (01/09/2017)
    Publication: Paper, artist(s)/author(s): James Wood, James Wood
    An informal attempt at wielding Optimistic Criticism to answer the opening question: what is a beat, pertaining to rhythm, poetry, drama, music and metaphor.
  • An Ill-Conceived Satire (01/11/2019)
    Publication: Article, artist(s)/author(s): James Wood
    The digital era in music stretches from around the 1980s to now; the analogue era reaches from prehistory to now. How have they inter(re)acted? How do they shape each other? This paper is a jest: an unthorough reversal, an attempt to shake up my own preconceptions. I am unsure as to whether or not it worked, but it was fun to write.

activities

  • English and Related Literature (2015)
    Degree: Bachelor, University of York (United Kingdom), recipient: James Wood
  • Music: Jazz and Improvised Musics (2017)
    Degree: Master, University of York (United Kingdom), recipient: James Wood
    MA was interdisciplinary and sponsored by English Literature department and Music department. Interdisciplinary humanities studies, encompassing literary theory, musicology, philosophy and cultural theory. Final thesis title, regarding improvisation in text and music as an identity constructor and negotiator of colonial difference: “Marion Brown(s) RE: Views and Reviews: Towards a Critical Appreciation of Marion Brown; Or, A Syncopated Treatise”.
  • Artistic Research in Music (2019)
    Degree: Associate, Orpheus Instituut (Belgium), recipient: James Wood
    MOOC run by Orpheus Instituut, offering comprehensive introduction to artistic research.

Erotics of Art: Chapters

Free Thoughts

  • Anecdata (28/07/2018)
    Publication: Paper, artist(s)/author(s): James Wood
    A short essay regarding masculinity, ally-ness, and identity within feminism. From a heterosexual, white male
  • Material as Metaphor - Response to Anni Albers (27/10/2018)
    Publication: Paper, artist(s)/author(s): James Wood, James Wood
    A response to the Tate Modern Anni Albers exhibition. All notes from the guidebook.
  • Optimistic Criticism (30/08/2018)
    Publication: Paper, artist(s)/author(s): James Wood
    A first attempt:defining a movement I am striving towards enacting an embracing, positive philosophy.


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